Caterpillar: the good name conjures up pictures of insects, yet likewise gigantic yellow construction motor vehicles, burping smoke and also tossing mounds of planet. As well as evidently, smartphones: the $349 Cat B15Q is the company's latest initiative, a tough tool that intends to verify that enduring the elements need not entail garish situations or massive rubber bumpers. I reviewed the dual-SIM version, which is offered from Home Depot for $359. I've dropped it, I've sank it and I've called a few close friends: it's still kicking, as well as still looking good. A well-shaped smartphone encounter needs to supply in several respects, as well as the B15Q, while a solid challenger, comes with fairly a few cautions. Rugged phones are pitched as tools that can endure topples down hillsides, sitting out in sheeting rainfall and days spent toiling in dusty workshops. The fact is much less charming. Consider the Kyocera Torque: it's an ordinary Android phone that's swaddled in rubber, considering that you're a lummox. The Cat B15Q is varying. This a phone marketed in sources like Home Depot as well as probably constructed for Caterpillar's clients, grizzled experts that'll tuck the gadget into their jumpsuits before donning a helmet to do something endure or hazardous or both. Caterpillar has launched a few of its mobile phone in Europe, consisting of the Cat B100, as well as the Cat S50, both which offer on the present sturdy them.
A silver-anodized aluminum shell is a large part of the puzzle, offering toughness without overdoing on weight. The rubber bumpers on the top as well as base of the phone aid soften the edges to make sure that it really feels nice in hand, and include a little extra protection should you go down the gadget on its edges. As well as after that there's the CAT company logo up leading, which evokes ideas of large yellow devices tearing via large piles of dirt. The phone has a kind of commercial quality that merely really feels cool-- those screws on the side aid.
Constructed to last The Cat B15Q is IP67-certified, meanings that it's waterproof and also dustproof for approximately 30 mins at a deepness of one meter (a little bit over 3 feet). Cat states the the phone, while not indestructible, will certainly be able to hold up against the force of an autumn from a height of approximately 6 feet on hard surfaces like concrete. It did simply great in my screening, and while there are some scrapes on the aluminum side plates, the Gorilla Glass 2 screen has delayed merely great. Cat additionally promotes the phone's "wet-finger monitoring," meanings that you can still utilize the screen when your hands are wet, offered the phone's display screen isn't really saturated. It works in the rain and in a lot less sensible examinations entailing a yard hose pipe-- you just need to make certain also much water does not collect on the screen. I cannot picture a lot of scenarios where I'm soaked yet my phone's display isn't really, yet below we are.
A Micro-USB port is on the left, hidden behind a flap. The power switch stays up leading, along with the headphone jack positions, which is also hidden behind a flap: when you remove a USB cable or a set of headphones from their requisite port, a little discussion window turns up on the screen, reminding you to close the phone back up-- a cool little suggestion that might save money a few phones. There's no such caution when getting rid of the phone's backplate though, which I suspect will certainly be a much larger risk.
The best side of the phone hosts the volume controls and a committed cam button in Caterpillar's signature yellow. I love the incorporation of a specialized cam switch, which probably can come in quite convenient on an active job site or while you're off mountaineering or what have you. It's a shame that the video camera isn't really all that great-- much more on that particular in a little bit.